A light breeze and sunshine made for perfect conditions for football on Sunday morning as the Ballyboden U17 Minor A Footballers welcomed Templeogue Synge Street to a slightly earlier throw in time of 11am at Sancta Maria grass pitch. With big Terenure College contingents on both sides and serious bragging rights on the line, this has become an annual ‘derby’ fixture with added edge, and Sunday was no different with a resurgent Templeogue welcoming back regulars from Dublin minor hurling into their lineup, while Boden had the additional incentive of maintaining their good run in the league, with 4/5 wins to date.

Before the game, bainisteoir Derek Ward emphasised the need for a good start, something noticeably lacking in our previous 2 encounters – and boy did Boden deliver, with a point within just 2 minutes of play followed by 2 quick goals – one each on 6 and 7 minutes – with a third added at 20 to put Boden firmly in control of the fixture. This was a dominant first half performance with Boden winning the majority of the kickouts in midfield, and with hard yards put in across the middle 8, while defensively Boden were working the ball out time after time through the hands from defence and maintaining secure possession of the ball.

Halftime score: BBSE 3:05 to TSS 0:05.

Not unexpectedly, the Templeogue lads rallied for the second half, and a period just after the break saw them score 1:02 without reply, and now suddenly they were back in the Boden rearview mirror. To be fair, there was no panic at the back and their kickers were continually pressured and crowded all game long, while in goal Boden keeper Louis Kearney put on a bravura show in this period, stopping shot after shot. Meantime at the other end, Boden continued to tack on the necessary points with regularity, with scores from Mark McGlynn, Dylan Timbs (x2) and Lee McConnell seeing Boden finish out as worthy winners in this absorbing encounter.

Fulltime Score: BBSE 3:09 TSS 1:09

Foireann: Louis Kearney, James Rusk, David Quinlivan, Fionn Flanagan, John Keane, Dylan Timbs, David Colclough, Daragh Smyth, Simon Horgan, Ryan Culleton, Lee McConnell, Seán Keary, John McSharry, Mark McGlynn, James Casey, Kevin Byrne, James Archbold.

Report/Pics: Dave Rusk [more here]